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01/25/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

ARCE Lecture: My Violent King

War and Violence in Non-Royal Sources

Niv Allon

01/30/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Cutting Rome Down To Size

The Gentle Art of the Historical Summary

David Levene

Three-quarters of the monumental work of the Roman historian Livy (59 B.C.-A.D.17) is lost. The single most important source to enable us to reconstruct the contents of the missing volumes is a summary known as the "Periochae," composed in (probably) the 4th century A.D. This summary, reducing each volume of Livy to a single paragraph, appears on its surface a mechanical exercise. However, this lecture will show that a comparison of the "Periochae" of the surviving books with Livy's original work reveals many subtle alterations and distortions, which reflect a distinctive historical outlook on the part of the summarizer. Armed with this knowledge of the summarizer's techniques, we gain a clearer picture of the missing books for which the "Periochae" provides us with our primary evidence, and can refine our knowledge of the events of Roman history that Livy described in the books now lost.
02/08/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

AIA Lecture: Greeks in the North

The Excavation and Survey of a Trading Port in Aegean Thrace

Nathan Arrington

Ancient Thrace was a land of opportunity, adventure, and trouble. This talk presents the results of a Greek-American archaeological expedition that has explored a large trading port on the Thracian sea, south of modern Komotini. Established by Greek colonists in the 7th or 6th cen. BC, the settlement participated in a north Aegean trade network. The talk will present the history of occupation at the site; the evidence for daily life in the Classical and Roman periods; and the site’s contributions to economic, political, and social history. Excavation and survey have uncovered important information on the settlement and its changing relationship to the wider landscape and to the environment.
02/20/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Revisiting Harappan Iconography

Seals, Sealing and Tablets as Small Windows onto the Indus Valley Civilization

Marta Ameri

02/22/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall
03/08/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

ARCE Lecture: Dirty Pictures for a Dangerous Goddess

The Turin Erotic Papyrus

Ann Macy Roth

03/20/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall
03/28/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Savoring the Past

The Archaeology of Food and Foodways

Katheryn Twiss

04/17/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

What Do Barbarians Eat?

Food and Society at the Fringes of the Shang and Zhou World

Yitzchak Jaffe

04/24/2018 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

Babylonians and Elamites in the Zagros

Where Did One World End and the Other Begin?

Daniel Potts

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